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    Doha, Qatar – A Qatari shipping company is set to launch what it calls the fastest direct service between Doha and the Pakistani port city of Karachi this week, as the Gulf state seeks to establish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea blockade from its Arab neighbours. State-run conglomerate Milaha is overseeing the ...
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    The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of the risk of ethnic cleasing in Myanmar as he appealed to the country’s authorities to end violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.  Nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees – mostly women and children – have crossed the border to Bangladesh in the past 11 days, fleeing a security sweep ...
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    New York City, US – Until recently, Flor Reyes-Silvestre, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, had high hopes for her life in the United States. Her political science degree was going well and with a little more schooling afterwards, she could have been on her way to a legal career. Those ambitions came crashing down on Tuesday when ...
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    US President Donald Trump has scrapped a programme that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of people who were brought into the United States without documents as children. Trump’s action, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, rescinds a programme called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which helped almost 800,000 young men and women ...
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    War-torn Yemen is facing the “world’s worst cholera outbreak”, the United Nations declared in June 2017.  According to the latest figures, more than 2,000 people have died since late April from the highly contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within hours if left untreated.  There are more than half a million suspected cases of cholera in ...
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    Freetown, Sierra Leone – In the blue hour of dawn, brothers Isaac and Idris picked their way back home along the mud and stone track from morning prayers at their local mosque. The rain was heavy and there was little light, but they could have walked the familiar route with their eyes closed as they ...
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    Syrian government troops and allied forces have broken a three-year siege imposed by ISIL fighters on a government enclave in the eastern city of Deir Az Zor, according to Syria’s state media.  Backed by Russian air support, the army and their allies had been advancing towards Deir Az Zor on several fronts in recent weeks, and on Tuesday reached ...